Reviews For Food for Thought: The Joys and Benefits of Living with Compassion and Purpose

I love how accepting and informative Colleen is.
When I first came across Colleen’s podcast I was a newer vegan and didn’t have the confidence to discuss my way of eating with others. Once I delve into the podcasts, not only did I become a more confident vegan but I became a better person. Her non-judgmental poignant way of discussing difficult topics helped me shift the way I handle those as well. I’m so SO grateful for her work and for making me more of a joyful vegan. Thank you, Colleen!!
Colleen Patrick-Goudreau is a brilliant educator. Not only does she inform the listener with scientific facts (and sites her sources!!!), but she does so with an air of love and compassion. Vegan educators and podcasters are often stamped with a seal of disapproval, being that the information presented is graphic, unsettling, and disturbing. CPG offers autonomy to her listeners by, as she would say, “presenting her work, and stepping back.” She delivers all podcasts with a smile, compassion, understanding, and eloquence. Not all podcasts are about animal exploitation. She has episodes on food, zero waste living, an entire second podcast on Animology, philosophy, books, etc. CPG is a well rounded podcaster who is an absolute thrill to listen to. I would highly recommend this podcast to vegans and non-vegans alike.
I wish everyone could listen to this podcast. I wish that everyone had this information and were more inspired to make informed food choices. I love Veganism and Vegetarianism because it allows me to make a difference in someone’s world by simply refraining from animal products. Veganism is the most unselfish act; in my entire life I have never found a way of life more full of compassion and I am truly grateful for people like Colleen that led me to such a blessed life. I love how intelligently she debunks the all too common myths about Veganism- covering topics like nutrition, animal rights, “humane” slaughter, speciesism, environmental issues caused by animal agriculture, yummy vegan recipes (which are fantastic) and how us humans can expand our altruistic scope to include our fellow creatures on this earth. Colleen is the embodiment of empathy and compassion. Every podcast or speech I have listened to from her is overflowing with understanding, conviction and empathy. I admire her dedication to this cause that is so frequently overlooked and dismissed. I can not wait to continue listening to her delicious recipes, well researched explanations, and informed commentary. Thank you Colleen!! I admire you!
Colleen thank for rooting me back to my intention and purpose of going vegan in the first place. There is so many emotions that were taunting me and hearing your podcast reminded me the root of this all, compassion. Thank you!
I was introduced to this podcast by a friend. Colleen was my initial “safe” place when I became vegan and I continue to return to her podcasts for thoughtful, compassionate ways to live my life. She is a breath of fresh air. I have gone to her podcasts over and over again for advice and to help me feel grounded. Thank you Colleen. Keep up the compassionate work.
Colleen Patrick-Goudreau has been vegan for over 20 years and her wealth of knowledge makes her a vegan guru! Her episodes are so informative, she keeps the subject matter interesting, and she shows people that veganism is about being compassionate. I get so excited every time I see there’s a new episode and listen as soon as I can. This podcast gave me the courage to speak my truth, stand up for animals, and be an unapologetic, compassionate vegan. 🌱
Colleen has been my teacher from the age of around 16 or so, as her podcasts gave language to the amalgamation of feelings and half-formed phrases on the topic of eating animals. She provided a theoretical framework for me build my own mantras, beliefs, and story around. ALWAYS logical, ALWAYS fair and balanced, ALWAYS trying to bridge the gap between the “us” and the “them”- an act that is so crucial in attaining our goal of more peace and compassion exhibited towards our animal friends. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Thank you Colleen for your hard work (and loving what you do) which is a broad scope (just look at her many episodes) it’s wonderful that she loves what she does and enlightens me even further into my vegan journey here on earth! You will not be disappointed! Take a walk and take a listen ! Maybe my favorite is the lethal gifts of livestock because I’m always asking people to know where there food comes from and I’m into eating clean food ! Pick a podcast any podcast you will be blessed!
So no judgmental and informative.
I’m new to being vegan-ish. I stopped eating land animals in Oct. 19. I’m still transitioning so I eat little to no dairy but I eat eggs and fish. I listen to a lot of vegan podcasts so I can learn more and help eliminate all animal products. I have listened to several episodes of this podcast and I really want to like it. Here’s why I don’t. Although she’s called the Joyful Vegan I don’t get a joyful vibe from her. She seems a little judgy but says she’s not. She’s not as supportive or encouraging as I feel a seasoned, truly joyful vegan should be. Colleen is extremely verbose and tends to be very repetitive. She goes off on mini tangents and I find myself fast forwarding until I can get to her point. It’s disappointing because I do think she’s bright and thoughtful and can offer a lot based on her’s just that you have to listen to a lot of chatter to get to finally get anything out of this podcast.
I am a 9 year old vegetarian in the Middle East. And I get very made fun of in social situations. Thank you for giving me advice in your episode on tips for social situations. Ramona
Love love love this podcast.
This podcast actually changed my life. Colleen helped me to transition from being an “on-and-off” vegan to being a permanent, long-term, joyful vegan. She helped me to channel my passion for veganism from anger and confusion to patience and compassion. She is one of, if not the MOST well-spoken, articulate, and wise humans I have ever had the privilege to listen to. Listen to this podcast!
Because of Colleen I’ve been able to approach veganism with compassion and patience. Her podcasts are constantly teaching me something new even though I’ve been vegan for over 10 years now. I highly recommend giving joyful vegan a listen!


I recently discovered this podcast and I am so excited by the content. Colleen brings such a unique perspective to veganism especially when traveling, advocating to non vegans without being aggressive. I’m going to support this podcast and would love to join some of their travel programs and conferences. 🥰🥰🥰
Colleen’s eloquence is captivating, her older episodes are as relevant as ever, and listening in is like having a lovely friend join me to talk about big picture ideas. Everything in the name of compassion. Long-time listener and fan!
As a nine-year vegan and now outreacher/vegan activist, Colleen’s words have provided a foundation of knowledge on which I can rely when I’m speaking to pre-vegans. When I first became vegan and I was still the only one I knew, her explanations and passion gave me the confidence to continue eating in accordance with my values despite a cacophony of doubt, criticism, and mockery (against veganism) from everyone I encountered—family and friends included. Her book, The Vegan Table, served as the basis for my family’s first several vegan-friendly Thanksgivings, and still does. I’m happy to say that now, my parents eat plant-based as well (though only my mom identifies as vegan). My mom even became certified in Plant-Based nutrition and teaches free classes on eating a plant-based diet to people in our community. My husband has agreed to let me keep a vegan kitchen, and my step-daughter has gone vegan as well, after spending last summer at our home. Thank you, Colleen, for giving me the confidence to speak my truth for the animals.
Colleen’s Food for Thought Podcast changed my life! After listening to “10 Habits of Highly Effective Advocates”, I realized that I (as a vegetarian) couldn’t be my best, most compassionate self. I’ve been vegan ever since, and Colleen’s work continues to positively impact my perspective.
This podcast is helping me stick to veganism keep up the amazing work and I’m gonna keep on listening to stick with it!! 😁😁😁😁😁
Colleen is one of the most articulate and eloquent animal activist I have heard. She is a very educated and knowledgable host. I listen to a lot of podcasts but what makes Food for Thought different is the relevant informed points that she makes on common topics about veganism that other hosts miss. This podcast has helped me be more compassionate towards humans (including myself), all animals and the planet.
I can’t believe I haven’t written a review yet and I have listened to every single episode! As a new vegan I was so lost. What do I eat? What can I wear? How can I best advocate for animals? Colleen takes the time to so eloquently explain all of the concerns, myths, and obstacles of being vegan. She has been my compass in my vegan journey and has helped me to unlock the compassion I’ve had within me my whole life. I can’t express my gratitude for her and her work. She has truly impacted my life for the better and because of her and this podcast my life has been forever changed!
Colleen Patrick-Goudreau is a brilliant speaker, teacher, writer, educator and overall - an amazing human being who have touched and changed the live of so many. For both human and non-human animals.
Wow! I cannot belive I am just learning of this podcast! Thank you for the excellent information. As a Registered Dietitian I fully suppost everything I have heard thus far! Keep spreading your message! You are changing the world!
At a certain point in my veganism, I came to the idea that there wasn’t much out there that I didn’t already know about. Until The Great CPG came into my life! She got me thinking about the words we use, how to convey our wants, how to genuinely speak from the heart! She has opened my eyes and heart on more ways than one. I love you Colleen!
This podcast is like chatting with a friend who cares about what I care about.
I decided 2 months ago to be vegetarian. I found this podcast and after a few episodes I decided to do som research and have now been vegan for a month. Whenever I’m struggling or down or feeling disheartened I turn on this podcast and am reminded why I am doing this. Thank you, Colleen. You help me find strength and inspiration. You help me know I’m doing what is right.
Colleen is a friendly voice for compassion and the animals, that I can surely relate to. She continues to inspires me with her work. She helped me find my voice and was there for me when I was transitioning over to a plant based lifestyle. She offers so much material, references, and thought-provoking ideas, what’s not to love! I especially like her episodes on travel! Inspiring!
This podcast is incredible! The time Colleen spends researching the topics and the information she provides to her listeners is absolutely invaluable. She has had a significant impact on my life and I am forever grateful to her. She is a beacon of hope in this world!
I had tried twice to go vegan and failed. I just couldn’t give up dairy cheese. Then I took the 30-Day Vegan Challenge by Colleen. That was 4 years ago. The combination of that program and these podcasts were exactly what I needed. I am now healthier and happier than I have ever been. The information and support in these podcasts is invaluable. I can not recommend them enough!
9 years ago, I wandered the National Animal Rights Conference. There I met Colleen. I had just watched, what became for me, life blowing and changing footage of animal slaughter included in the doc Earthlings. You know that kind of moment, time stops, mouth agape, eyes filled with tears, skin tingling, - you've been changed and the world turned inside out. In that moment, all my curiosity, questioning and compassion did coalesce in one big tectonic upheaval. Gosh dang it, I'm Vegan now. I just can't eat animals and support this horror. It began. So, I gathered myself and walked around to other booths. Standing next a lavish pile of pretty cookbooks, Colleen stood radiating a kind smile. I reported what just happened, received a generous hug and bought my first book from her. Journey begun. Her writings and podcasts have been a constant companion to my Vegan Life. I expanded my enthusiasm and love for her enlightening and directing work by sponsoring her on Patreon. By supporting her, my dollar dramatically multiplies for the animals and that makes me happy. I love that she continues to say YES to opportunities to use her genius for the animals. Oh, that we all say YES with our own! Let her inspire you. I recommend her to the ardent and open life learner. Leading a Vegan Compassionate Life Style is all about Imperfect Progress. Colleen imbues her communication with grace and strength and a constant wooing to embrace compassionate choices - compassionately! I'm clearly a fan based on my experiences with her. Much love, Renée
This podcast is so approachable, easy to understand, and clearly laid out. Colleen is an amazing speaker and writer, she is able to impart so much knowledge in a way that is easy to comprehend and remember. The best resource for vegans new and old.
Colleen helps understand not just compassion for the animals, but also for yourselves and others. Well worth your time.
In today’s world where a plethora of information is a click away, it has become imperative to embrace the truths of our society and redirect my focus to my closest spiritual sense of compassion. There are quite a few individuals I admire who embody ethical lifestyle choices. Most animal activists exude passion for fair treatment of all living beings while some wrongfully choose to relentlessly demonize the uneducated of the liberation cause. Of those choice individuals who present the facts, along with realistic methods to endorse benevolence, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau radiates a level of veganism so incredibly relatable and undeniably obtainable to reach beyond. Food For Thought is inclusive to all walks of life and continuously provides my spirit with the willingness to strive toward implementing each of my actions to endorse a more peaceful planet for the future.
Love her travel episodes....She inspires!!!
I am so grateful to have discovered Colleen Patrick-Goudreau and her podcasts at the start of my Vegan journey. Her podcasts are informative with the bare honesty necessary to inspire change. Her compassion for all animals and for people are abundant and resonate with me. Colleen’s podcast consistently delivers on her lifelong mission and her message is consistent with other media sources she appears on. The topics she tackles are delivered in a no nonsense, caring and factual way chalk full of historical facts, accurate scientific/nutritional info, wit and fun humor. I have benefited immensely from her and her podcasts. I highly recommend making her and her podcasts a regular component of your Vegan path.
I've been transitioning to veganism and this podcast has been giving me the push I need. It's a unique podcast in that it looks at veganism from all kinds of different angles. Love it!
Too much talking of sponsorships at beginning. Also, I like podcasts driven by content. The podcasts in here are more rhetoric then content.
Colleen Patrick-Goudreau is brilliant, well-spoken, incredibly knowledgeable and is making a difference in this world. She is one of the greatest animal advocates in the world today and you'll agree if you listen to her podcast. Her other podcast, Animology is great too.
I was already vegan when I discovered Colleen, but boy has she changed my mental landscape. I learned a ton from this podcast and really got re-inspired to help animals.
Food for Thought is one of the best podcasts I've ever subscribed to. Colleen is practical in her advice, well researched and articulate in her words and inspiring and supportive in her message. Whether you're curious about vegetarianism, veganism, animal welfare or environmentalism, this podcast will be an amazing resource and provide invaluable information (and entertainment!) with hours and hours of content from the last 11 years.
Food for Thought is a really amazing podcast. I have learned so much and I feel very inspired by each episode. Colleen is such a thoughtful and classy host. She brings such a positive enegry to the world through her podcast. She is a born teacher and you will learn so much about life, food, comapssion and more from her wonderful podcast!
I am so glad I found Food for Thought. Colleen offers sound, practical, non-judgmental advice that makes me want to do right by my health, by animals, and the earth. I became a vegetarian 6-months ago and started listening to her podcasts two weeks ago. I have grown so much since I discovered this podcast. I see myself in the "excuses" she describes (particularly the one that says, I really never ate that much meat :) ). I now believe it is possible for me to become a vegan, and one who has a sense of a humor. I want to attract other people to this way of thinking and living, not hammer them with it. I think that is Colleen's special talent. I am so grateful for her gentle way of speaking truth.
Nothing has helped me make peace with emotions and become an overall better person than this podcast, wish I had discovered it years ago. Since becoming an ethical vegan in 2011, I've struggled off and on with feelings of anger, sadness and confusion regarding animals, both human and nonhuman, and the treatment many receive. Some older episodes may include news, websites, products, etc...that are outdated or no longer available, but otherwise contain relevant information. The love letters are a nice addition, it's strangely comforting to know others struggle with the same experiences as I do. Episodes on travel can be interesting, even though I'm happy to stay close to home, hearing of another's travels as a vegan can be fun to listen to.
I cannot say how much I have gotten out of this podcast. Being vegan in a non-vegan world can be very difficult at times, and Colleen invariably has just the right thing to say to give me hope, make me laugh or inspire me. Highly recommend this podcast to any vegans or anyone curious about veganism.
I went vegetarian a couple years ago, then stopped consuming dairy last year. I am starting to replace my wool sweaters with Cotten and replacing leather shoes with other materials. Your podcast has helped me not feel as ashamed for not immediately being able to afford being able to replace them all at one time. You are so inspirational. Thank you so much! I look forward to hearing your kind voice every week.
I am a newer vegan and love this podcast. There is so much to learn and Colleen explains things in a way that makes sense. I'm grateful to have these podcasts. Definitely listen if you're interested in vegans or if you're an animal lover!
I am newly vegan and this podcast has been a great source of inspiration and information. I am catching up on all old episodes and am so happy I found it. I am the only vegan in my family and feel like this is great support and motivation for me.